Weekly Scripture Portion

The weekly Torah portion, called a 'parashah', combined with a Haftorah and New Testament reading can help us to see the themes which run throughout Scripture. We have this yearly Scripture reading schedule here for you.

Bechukotai

May 25, 2019

Slaves to Righteousness

Slavery is a topic which has purely negative connotations to us today. When we encounter slavery discussed in the Scriptures, we are unsure how to react. Although this is the case, we are told that we ourselves are slaves. How are we supposed to understand this?

Behar

May 25, 2019

Slaves to Righteousness

Slavery is a topic which has purely negative connotations to us today. When we encounter slavery discussed in the Scriptures, we are unsure how to react. Although this is the case, we are told that we ourselves are slaves. How are we supposed to understand this?

Kedoshim

May 11, 2019

The Stumbling Block

A peculiar commandment is seen in Leviticus 19 about not placing a stumbling block before a blind person. When interpreted literally it seems as if this would be an easy commandment to follow, as most people presumably never feel the desire to trip someone who cannot see. But what is the deeper meaning of this commandment?

Acharei Mot

May 3, 2019

The Stumbling Block

A peculiar commandment is seen in Leviticus 19 about not placing a stumbling block before a blind person. When interpreted literally it seems as if this would be an easy commandment to follow, as most people presumably never feel the desire to trip someone who cannot see. But what is the deeper meaning of this commandment?

Metzorah

April 13, 2019

The Leper

Leprosy is something which we see talked about in Scripture, but it is not something which we generally think about or consider in our society today. Although the purification rites of a leper are not something one might see as something necessarily important to study, there are some things on this subject which do have lessons to teach us. Since two full chapters in Leviticus are devoted to the treatment of those who are afflicted with this impairment, we are going to take a closer look.

Tazria

April 6, 2019

The Leper

Leprosy is something which we see talked about in Scripture, but it is not something which we generally think about or consider in our society today. Although the purification rites of a leper are not something one might see as something necessarily important to study, there are some things on this subject which do have lessons to teach us. Since two full chapters in Leviticus are devoted to the treatment of those who are afflicted with this impairment, we are going to take a closer look.

Pekudei

March 9, 2019

Making a Home for God

After instructing Moses on the specifications for the building of the tabernacle, it is now time for Moses to lead its construction. When all the work was completed, it was examined and everything was found to have been done exactly as God had specified. Scripture tells us that we as believers are a tabernacle, and we will also be examined and tested to see if we meet up to God's specifications. Let's take a closer look.

Vayakhel

March 2, 2019

Making a Home for God

After instructing Moses on the specifications for the building of the tabernacle, it is now time for Moses to lead its construction. When all the work was completed, it was examined and everything was found to have been done exactly as God had specified. Scripture tells us that we as believers are a tabernacle, and we will also be examined and tested to see if we meet up to God's specifications. Let's take a closer look.

Vayelech

September 15, 2018

Circumcision of the Heart

Many Christians believe that physical circumcision has been replaced by a spiritual circumcision of the heart. It is evident from the New Testament that for Gentiles who believe in Yeshua (Jesus), circumcision and conversion to Judaism are not necessary for salvation, and in fact these things are discouraged. But what about Jewish believers? And what does it mean that a person's heart is circumcised?

Nitzavim

September 8, 2018

Circumcision of the Heart

Many Christians believe that physical circumcision has been replaced by a spiritual circumcision of the heart. It is evident from the New Testament that for Gentiles who believe in Yeshua (Jesus), circumcision and conversion to Judaism are not necessary for salvation, and in fact these things are discouraged. But what about Jewish believers? And what does it mean that a person's heart is circumcised?

Sukkot Sabbath

October 7, 2017

Going Up to Jerusalem

Three times a year, at set times, the men of Israel were commanded to make pilgrimage to the place where God would put His name. This place was Jerusalem, and particularly, the temple. The three times for pilgrimage corresponded to three of the Appointed Times which God commanded to be observed: Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles). The current portion is taking place during the feast of Sukkot, so that is where we will here focus our attention.

Yom Kippur

September 30, 2017

The Day of Atonement

God told the people of Israel that one day each year, the high priest was to make atonement for the tabernacle, and it was only at this time when he would be able to enter the Most Holy Place where God's glory resided. The rest of the people also had a role to play: they were to humble themselves in fasting and prayer. What is this day all about, and what value does it have in the life of we who have put our faith in Yeshua (Jesus) for our atonement?

Haazinu

September 23, 2017

Jeshurun Grew Fat

God instructs Moses to read the people of Israel a song about their past and their future. In it he describes God's love and care for the people and how after they enter the land and become comfortable, they will turn their back on God and worship idols. Let's look closer at the mistake they made so that we will be sure not to follow their example.

Nitzavim + Vayelech

September 16, 2017

Circumcision of the Heart

Many Christians believe that physical circumcision has been replaced by a spiritual circumcision of the heart. It is evident from the New Testament that for Gentiles who believe in Yeshua (Jesus), circumcision and conversion to Judaism are not necessary for salvation, and in fact these things are discouraged. But what about Jewish believers? And what does it mean that a person's heart is circumcised?

Ki Tavo

September 9, 2017

Blessings and Curses

When God was preparing the people to bring them into the land which He had promised to give them, He warned the people that in order to inhabit the land, they would need to obey God and keep His commandments. If they disobeyed, God would bring curses upon the people, and if they continued in their sins through all of these curses, they would be exiled among the nations. While the literal interpretation of the effects of the peoples' sin is only relevant to the physical inhabitation of the land of Israel, the underlying truth remains the same for every believer in Yeshua who has been graft

Ki Tetze

September 2, 2017

Straying Livestock

Yeshua (Jesus) commands in Luke 6:31, "Treat others the same way you want them to treat you." The essence of this commandment is also found in the Torah, where God provides specific examples of how we are to treat our neighbor as we would like to be treated.

Shoftim

August 26, 2017

The King

As Moses continues giving instructions to the people of Israel before they are to enter the promised land, he gives them instructions about a future day when they will desire to set up a king for themselves. The king played an important role as the head of the nation of Israel, and Moses, according to God's command, provides specific instructions on how the king is to conduct himself.

Reeh

August 19, 2017

Follow the Signs

When we read through the accounts of Yeshua's (Jesus') miracles which He performed, we may wonder how it is possible that people could question whether He was the Messiah or not. We see, however, that miracles and extraordinary acts are not an adequate reason to believe that someone was sent from God. This is just as important for us to understand today as it was in those days, so let's take a closer look.

Ekev

August 12, 2017

Trials and Tribulations

Throughout all of the wanderings in the wilderness which the people of Israel endured, there was not one step that God did not ordain beforehand to take place. Although at times the people felt as if they were wandering around in circles (because they were), there was a reason they had to suffer through these tests. What can we learn about the trials we experience in our own lives from their example?

Vaetchanan

August 5, 2017

The Greatest Commandment

In the New Testament, Yeshua (Jesus) tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the next greatest is to love your neighbor. Scripture even tells us that by keeping these two commandments, it is as if we are keeping the entire Torah. But what does this do for all of the other commandments?

Devarim

July 29, 2017

Times of Refreshment

Before the people of Israel are to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land, Moses recounts to the people all of their past journeys and instructs them according to God's word. We see throughout Scripture that right before God fulfills His promises, there are often times of waiting and resting. These are not times to he ignored or squandered, but they are for our benefit and for us to understand our purpose in moving forward.

Matot + Massei

July 22, 2017

Drive Out the Inhabitants

As the time for Israel's wanderings in the wilderness begin to draw to a close, God instructs Moses on how the people are to conduct themselves when they enter the land. They are not to show any mercy on the inhabitants, but are to drive them out and destroy their idols. What can we learn from God's instructions to the people who are about to enter the land?

Pinchas

July 15, 2017

The Zeal of Phinehas

The previous portion concluded with the end of a plague brought on by the Israelites' affair with the daughters of the Midianites and their idols. The plague was brought to a close when Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, drove a spear through an Israelite man and the Midianite girl he had just brought home. God rewards him for this act, which was done in zeal. But what is zeal, and what is its place in the life of a believer?

Balak

July 8, 2017

The Counsel of Balaam

Balaam, asked by the king of Moab to curse Israel, finds himself in an interesting predicament. The king of Moab asks him to curse Israel, but Balaam is only able to say what God tells him to. After all is said and done, Balaam was not able to curse Israel and collect the reward for doing so, but this is not the last we hear of him.

Chukat

July 1, 2017

The Brazen Serpent

The story of the bronze serpent is one that naturally piques one's interest. There are some striking parallels between this account and the words of Yeshua (Jesus), so we are going to take a closer look at this.

Korach

June 24, 2017

Korah's Sin

Korah was a Levite, born into the tribe which God had chosen to serve Him in a special way. In this portion, he and a group of leading men in the community rise up against Moses, saying that he has assumed too much in making himself the leader of the people, even though it was God who had put both Moses and Korah in their respective roles. Although this is an extreme example of discord compared to anything we may encounter in our lives, there are lessons here which are important to learn.

Shelach

June 17, 2017

Seeing and Disbelieving

This portion depicts the sad results of the Israelites' unbelief. After the spies come back from the land of Canaan, they tell the people that the inhabitants of the land are too powerful to overcome. We see that the writer of Hebrews warns us, believers, about falling into disobedience according to their example. Therefore we are going to take a closer look and see what this means for us.

Behaalotcha

June 10, 2017

Meat Lovers

When reading through the records of the children of Israel wandering through the wilderness, we see their behavior is far from ideal. Perhaps we have looked down on their poor attitudes and convinced ourselves that if we had been among them in those days, surely we would have acted much different. Let's take a closer look.

Naso

June 3, 2017

The Nazirite

One of the ways the Israelites could assume an extra level of dedication to God was to take on a Nazirite vow. There were special regulations which applied to this person for a predetermined period of time, and during this time they were devoting themself to God in a special way. Let's take a closer look.

Bamidbar

May 27, 2017

Duties of the Levites

The book of Numbers derives its name from the fact that the first chapter records the size of each of the tribes of Israel, counting all of the men who are of the age where they would be able to go into battle. The Levites, however, were not included in this census, because their job consisted solely of caring for the things of God, and thus they wouldn't go out into battle like the rest of the nation.

Behar + Bechukotai

May 20, 2017

Slaves to Righteousness

Slavery is a topic which has purely negative connotations to us today. When we encounter slavery discussed in the Scriptures, we are unsure how to react. Although this is the case, we are told that we ourselves are slaves. How are we supposed to understand this?

Emor

May 13, 2017

Profaning the Name

Several things are spoken of in this week's portion which are considered profanity. This doesn't mean profanity as in abusive or improper language as the term is mainly used today, but rather refers to defilement. So what does this mean, and how does this apply to us?

Acharei Mot + Kedoshim

May 6, 2017

The Stumbling Block

A peculiar commandment is seen in Leviticus 19 about not placing a stumbling block before a blind person. When interpreted literally it seems as if this would be an easy commandment to follow, as most people presumably never feel the desire to trip someone who cannot see. But what is the deeper meaning of this commandment?

Tazria + Metzorah

April 29, 2017

The Leper

Leprosy is something which we see talked about in Scripture, but it is not something which we generally think about or consider in our society today. Although the purification rites of a leper are not something one might see as something necessarily important to study, there are some things on this subject which do have lessons to teach us. Since two full chapters in Leviticus are devoted to the treatment of those who are afflicted with this impairment, we are going to take a closer look.

Shemini

April 22, 2017

Be Holy for I am Holy

The kosher food laws are something which most believers in Yeshua (Jesus) have relegated to the position of a relic of days long past. The common belief is that the work of Yeshua now makes these commandments no longer binding upon anyone, and to live by this standard is enslaving yourself to the Law. Others say that the food laws were simply a way to avoid eating food that would make people sick, and so now that we live in a modern age where our food is held to certain health standards, this is no longer a concern. What does Scripture actually have to say on this matter?

Pesach Shabbat

April 15, 2017

Unleavened Bread

The feast of Unleavened Bread is one of the appointed times God instructed the Israelites to observe. He commanded this time to be a commemoration of their redemption from slavery in Egypt. What value does this time have for those of us who have been grafted into Israel through belief in Yeshua (Jesus)?

Tzav

April 8, 2017

A Continual Fire

The altar was a central part of the sacrificial system. Without it, there would have been no place to burn the sacrifices and offerings. God explicitly commands that the fire of the altar is never to go out. What deeper spiritual significance does this hold for us?

Vayikra

April 1, 2017

A Soothing Aroma

A motif which runs throughout God's instructions about the burnt offering, grain offering, peace offering, and even the sin offering is that the smoke will arise as a "soothing aroma" to the Lord. I'm sure most of us would agree that the scent of meat on a fire is a pleasant smell, but is there more to this phrase than simply that God enjoys the smell of burning meat?

Vayakhel + Pekudei

March 25, 2017

Making a Home for God

After instructing Moses on the specifications for the building of the tabernacle, it is now time for Moses to lead its construction. When all the work was completed, it was examined and everything was found to have been done exactly as God had specified. Scripture tells us that we as believers are a tabernacle, and we will also be examined and tested to see if we meet up to God's specifications. Let's take a closer look.

Ki Tisa

March 18, 2017

Face of Moses

When Moses would come out from being in the presence of the Lord, we are told that his face shone because of having talked with Him. Why did this happen to Moses, and what lessons does it have to teach us today?

Tetzaveh

March 11, 2017

Clothed in Righteousness

The Scriptures tell us that we as believers form a sort of spiritual priesthood. This week's portion speaks of the garments of the high priest as well as the other priests who were to serve before God in the tabernacle. Let's look at these garments and how they relate to our spiritual priestly service.

Terumah

March 4, 2017

The More Perfect Tabernacle

Often the tabernacle is presented as being only a picture or an object lesson in order to teach the people of Israel about such things as redemption, sanctification, and holiness. This fails to take into account the great amount of Scripture which revolves around the worship in the tabernacle/temple and the great amount of detail and weight that are placed on the maintenance of this system. So what was the purpose of the temple and the tabernacle?

Mishpatim

February 25, 2017

Sermon on the Mount

The section of the sermon on the mount contained in Matthew 5 has some essential lessons to teach us about our life as a believer. Several perspectives have arisen on the words of Yeshua (Jesus) here, however. Do His sayings lie in opposition to the commandments? Are His sayings, as well as the commands He is expounding upon, an impossible standard we are not expected to actually live by?

Yitro

February 18, 2017

All is Accomplished

The children of Israel finally arrive at Mt. Sinai after a few months in the wilderness. God has redeemed them from their slavery so that they may be free to serve Him. They witness His great power and His revelation on the mountain, which was meant to inspire the people to keep His commandments so that all may go well with them. What relevance does this event have for us today?

Beshalach

February 11, 2017

The True Manna

After their great deliverance from Egypt, the Israelites begin to make their way through the wilderness. Before long, the people naturally begin to hunger, and so God provides a miraculous bounty of bread from heaven. Yeshua (Jesus) speaks of this event as recorded in the gospel of John, telling the people that He is the true manna from heaven and that they must eat of His flesh. But what exactly does this mean?

Bo

February 4, 2017

A Memorial of Redemption

The plagues God unleashed upon Egypt culminated in the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians, dealing a final blow to the obstinate heart of Pharaoh. To memorialize this purchasing of freedom, God commanded the children of Israel to commemorate the Passover each year. While the literal understanding of this Appointed Time is applicable especially to the physical descendants of Israel, we as believers in Yeshua (Jesus) have also experienced a great redemption.

Vaera

January 28, 2017

Signs and Wonders

One of the ways God chooses to reveal Himself to people is through supernatural events, what we often call signs and wonders. Typically when we think of these events, we think of healings or other such positive miracles, but throughout Scripture we also see signs and wonders which cause destruction. The same motivation lies behind both the destructive and creative/restorative supernatural events, and that is to draw people to God through the witnessing of His power.

Shemot

January 21, 2017

Be Patient

Moses' experience with the burning bush and his mission to go down to Egypt to free the people of Israel is one often told and remembered. Everyone involved was expecting the deliverance to happen right away, but God had a different plan. This situation is not too different from our own present condition.

Vayechi

January 14, 2017

Parting Words

The last words someone speaks seem to hold a heightened sense of meaning. It is like giving one last gift before you leave, one last chance to give some profound wisdom or token of love. We know this not only from our own experiences, but we also have received parting words through Scripture.

Vayigash

January 7, 2017

A Tearful Reunion

The reconciliation of Joseph with his family is one of the more heartwarming moments in Scripture. This event, however, was not only an important experience in their life, but was a foreshadowing of things that are yet to come.

Miketz

December 31, 2016

Undercover Brother

In this week's portion, Joseph is lifted up to the position of a ruler in Egypt. Due to a widespread famine, his brothers have to come down from Canaan to get food. Joseph devises a plan to find out if his brothers have changed from their hateful ways. Even after all his siblings have put him through, Joseph still has a deep love for them.

Vayeshev

December 24, 2016

The Faithfulness of Joseph

It is hard to read the story of Joseph without feeling some sense of pity for him. In some ways, we feel able to empathize with his struggles when nothing seems to be going right in our own lives. Throughout all of these tribulations, he proved himself faithful to God, an example for us to follow.

Vayishlach

December 17, 2016

Brotherly Love

When we read about sibling relationships in Scripture, it seems there are more negative examples than positive. Starting with Cain and Abel, hatred and jealousy become sins which many fall into. Unlike this early story, however, Jacob and Esau are able to reconcile after years of separation. Reconciliation is important to God, and he requires that we make things right in our lives.

Vayetze

December 10, 2016

Jacob's Ladder

One of the most famous events in the life of Jacob is his dream of a ladder reaching to heaven. Yeshua alludes to it in a discussion with Nathanael. We want to take a close look at each of these passages to see what they mean together.

Toldot

December 3, 2016

Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob and Esau are presented throughout Scripture as polar opposites. Although the two are brothers, their relationship with God and with His plan brings them down two different paths. Paul uses their story to make a point about the relationship between the Jews and the Gentiles and in turn each group's relationship with God. Let's find out what's going on here.

Chayei Sarah

November 26, 2016

Children of the Freewoman

This weeks portion begins with the death of Sarah. After a full 127 years ripe with wanderings and trials, she finally found her rest. Paul uses an allegory in Galatians 4 which compares Sarah and Hagar to the old and new covenants. What do the covenants have to do with Sarah and Hagar?

Vayera

November 19, 2016

Faith Like Abraham

Abraham stands as one of the greatest testimonies of faith in the Bible. As there is much discussion about the relationship between faith and works, we may be able to find some truths by looking at how Abraham applied each of these concepts in his life.

Lekh Lekha

November 12, 2016

Forsaking All

Being a follower of God seldom means having an easy life. Someone who knew this more than most was Abraham. Those who saw him, however, would have borne witness to the great blessing which God had brought upon him because of his obedience.

Noach

November 5, 2016

The Days of Noah

The story of Noah and the Great Flood is a sobering tale of destruction which has caused many to cautiously ponder its relevance to the current generation. What does Noah have to teach us on how we are to conduct ourselves in preparation for the Day of the Lord?

Bereshit

October 29, 2016

What's the Good Word?

The very first words of the Bible tell of the origin of the world, and start out with a deceptively simple phrase: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." A surface reading of these words would leave you with only the most literal understanding of the creation narrative. The apostle John, however, saw that there was something deeper and more important that needed to be understood.